The plan: Run the Long Path from Peekamoose Rd. in the Upper Rondout Valley over Bangle Hill, Samson Mtn, and down to Vernooy Falls and back, about 16 miles.
The reality: 30% grade for the first mile plus (no, I doth not kid thee, I checkethed the map...after the fact). Way unused and overgrown trail. Stumbled in the woods at times finding our way. Went right when we should have gone left. A stretch of Rubus (shades of the FLT). A whopping 10 miles (almost) in about 2.5 hours. Quad burner up and down. Only fell twice. Some nice running over the top, a touch of groove & flow. Never found the falls. Running partner had to get back so we cut it short--which made my cranky achilles happy. Was even smart enough to NOT go run my 7 mile snowmobile trail afterwards. 50 miles and 11 hours running in the past seven days, pretty good for me. A Lagunitas IPA big boy tonight (and some ancillary beverages) to help convince me not to run again in the morning. Need a day off.
The conclusion: Fun to run a trail it seemed like no one had been on since before the earth cooled. Now I've done it. So I don't have to do it again. Not that I wouldn't. But I won't. You should. Just to say you did. Once. But every trail is a good trail, and every run on a trail a good run. So go...RUN a trail...be happy!